Ariel C. Armony

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Genomic, Genetic Disorders, Neural Tube Defects, NTD, Medical Information, Latin America


Over the last several years, the field of genetics and genomics has grown exponentially in comparison to other areas of medicine. The study of genomic medicine, however, goes beyond the reach of traditional genetics research and investigates the interaction between environmental factors and the genetic code. In this regard, the success of genomic studies depends on the participation of diverse populations; Latin American groups, however, are generally underrepresented in such studies. This research project, conducted via a focus group of Argentines residing in Buenos Aires, seeks to explore personal knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and perceptions in one area of Latin America with respect to overall genomic studies and, more specifically, the causes of neural tube defects (NTD).